Cowles Mountain Trail to Close For Repairs for Two Months

The main trail at the intersection of Navajo Road and Golfcrest Drive will be closed from March 25 - May 16.

Well-trod Cowles Mountain, one of the region's most popular hiking trails, will be closed two months for trail restoration and repairs beginning Monday, March 25.

Signs are already posted at the base of the mountain notifying the hundreds of daily trail users of the impending closure.

The trail, a part of Mission Trails Regional Park, will reopen on May 17.

The nearly 1,600-foot-high mountain, named for ranching pioneer George A. Cowles, is the highest point in the city of San Diego. It offers 360-degree panoramic views of San Diego County.

The heavily-used main trail path starts at the intersection of Navajo Road and Golfcrest Drive. It climbs 1.5 miles to the summit with a climb of about 950 feet.

A lesser-known trail on the back side of Cowles begins near the intersection of Boulder Lake Avenue and Barker Way. Both public hiking trails meet near the summit. Another way up the back starts in Santee, the Mesa Road Trail.

Executive Director of Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation, Jay Wilson, told East County Magazine that these alternative trails to Cowles' summit will remain open to the public (Big Rock Trailhead, Big Rock Park Trailhead, Mesa Trailhead, the Barker Way Trail).

Here is a link to the MTRP home page for the latest information about the status of the trail closure, and a link to a map for locating the alternative trailheads for Cowles Mountain.

-City News Service

Bob LaCross March 18, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Are all trails closed, or just the main one?
Steven Bartholow (Editor) March 18, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Just the main trail. Details have been added to the post.
Things I Learned March 18, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Komfort March 18, 2013 at 09:10 PM
Komfort March 18, 2013 at 09:15 PM
Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation CA 2012 Total Assets=$2,979,515 http://990s.foundationcenter.org/990_pdf_archive/330/330285093/330285093_201206_990.pdf
Retha Knight March 19, 2013 at 05:52 AM
"The final hearing for the CPUC Proposed Decision confirming that the expensive dirty gas-fired power plants (Quail Brush - Pio Pico - Escondido) are not needed has been delayed five times due to industry lobbying behind closed doors. The CPUC final decision is now scheduled for March 21 in San Diego. Moving the vote from San Francisco to San Diego means that your attendance is essential to defend the public interest." Go to: SaveMissionTrails.org for more information.
Retha Knight March 19, 2013 at 06:27 AM
Bob, you need to worry more about the siting of the proposed Quail Brush Power Plant (QBGP) that threatens the well-being, health, quiet, recreation, natural beauty, and quality of life of Mission Trails Regional Park and all San Diego county residence. If built, you would see it from the top of Cowles MTN as well as breathing it's toxic fumes!
Batman March 19, 2013 at 07:20 AM
Don't worry Retha. The 18-story slum tower La Mesa is about to build will also be visible from Cowles Mountain. And it will be 10 times uglier, and probably smell 50 times worse.
Batman March 19, 2013 at 07:22 AM
Say, why don't we trade? We can put our slum tower in Santee and you can put your power plant in La Mesa!
Komfort March 19, 2013 at 12:36 PM
"Renewable energy" mandates that we have Peaker Plants due to the inefficiency of solar and wind. More "free energy from the sun" will only make it worse.
sheeple herder March 19, 2013 at 03:03 PM
More propaganda from Chumfort. Believe it or not solar panels work even in the rain! Albeit, not at 100%. I know I have them. As for the wind blowing, head east on the 8 or the 10 east toward Palm Springs. Those windmills are not there to cool off the desert...
Komfort March 19, 2013 at 04:22 PM
Sheep's Hole Tapper gets it wrong again.
Things I Learned March 19, 2013 at 04:48 PM
I don't understand your point Komfort it sounds like you are trying to say that when we increase the proportion of our energy that comes from unreliable sources like solar and wind that basically couldn't even exist without subsidies that make it cheaper to destroy pristine environments like our fragile desert ecosystems that the big bad energy companies have to build more peaker plants that can quickly ramp up production so we don't blow out the grid when the same number of people are using their hair dryers on rainy windless days but then Sheeple Herder called you Chumfort so I don't know who to believe anymore.
sheeple herder March 19, 2013 at 05:37 PM
I know, the world is a confusing place. Thank ( insert diety here ) that we have Things I Link and Komfort to make the world right...!
Things I Learned March 19, 2013 at 06:13 PM
Kevin George March 19, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Why do you hate Native Americans and the environment? http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/10795 http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/12258 http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/9471


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